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School System Bans Bake Sales

May 9, 2012 by  

School System Bans Bake Sales
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is banning any fundraiser that might compete with a healthy school lunch.

No more bake sales, no more treats, no more fundraisers, no more sweets.

In Massachusetts, bake sales and all other education related events that sell gooey goods will be a thing of the past come August 1.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is banning any fundraiser that might compete with a healthy school lunch. Instead of PTA apple pie, students will have to eat a regular apple. And booster club banana bread will be replaced by an ordinary peel-it-and-eat-it banana.

Initially, the ban will be in place immediately after, before and during school hours. But State officials would like to see the prohibition pushed to include all school functions—including community events, door-to-door sales and sporting events.

Lawmakers and advocates of the plan believe the ban will cut down on obesity.

“It’s the solution,” said Boston radio personality Jim Braude.

Not everyone thinks it is the solution. Some believe it is downright senseless. Parents and teachers alike argue that the fundraisers make money, and that’s what it’s all about.

“The goal is to raise money,” said parent Maura Dawley. “You’re going to be able to sell pizza. You’re not going to get that selling apples and bananas. It’s silly.”

Middleboro School Committeeman Brian Giovanoni weighed in on the obesity epidemic and the State’s proposal: “My concern is we’re regulating what people can eat, and I have a problem with that. I respect the state for what they’re trying to do, but I think they’ve gone off the deep end. I don’t want someone telling me how to do my job as a parent. … Is the commonwealth of Massachusetts saying our parents are bad parents?”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Sirian

    HA, such a joke. . . oh yes, “they” know what’s best for all of us. Wonder what the weight limits are on employees of the State Department of Public Health? Wake up people! :(

    • Karolyn

      Actually, your speaking of weight limits makes me think of my visit to the doctor on Friday. The nurse was absolutely HUGE. It got me thinking, How can doctors expect their patients to eat healthy and lose weight when their own staff is obese? Of course, it would be discrimination to deny a job due to obesity, but I believe there should be codes set up for doctors’ employees to set examples for the patients.

      • stopspending4

        Not sure it is illegal to not hire someone that is overweight. it does not fit in the age, race, etc catagories that are illegal discrimination. Even if it is covered by a disability ??? the doctor could argue that it is necessary to have staff that shows proper health and habits to their patients.

      • Sheesh

        How do you know that this nurse isn’t diabetic? Our family is genetically predisposed to diabetes, but when my weight started climbing after I was diagnosed, I wanted to hide. Now that my doctor is finally, after 3 years, hitting on the right combination of medications, my weight has stabilized and is starting to go down. Even a slice of whole wheat bread can shoot my blood sugar through the roof.

  • Karolyn

    All parents need to learn and then teach their childre is moderation. That is what’s missing. A life without sugar is no fun. Unfortunately, obesity is so out of control you can’t blame the government for wanting to take steps. Obesity is so much to our country’s woes. However, banning bake sales is un-American. I can see banning those junky chocolate bar sales.

    • Karolyn

      I meant to say “obesity is contributing so much to our country’s woes.”

    • Vigilant

      “Unfortunately, obesity is so out of control you can’t blame the government for wanting to take steps.”

      You bet your sweet bippy I can blame government. They have ABSOLUTELY no business telling anyone what to eat or not eat.

      Once again, Karolyn, you say you support Dr. Paul but you really don’t.

    • Combat seabee

      How about taking away the soda and chips, and almost forgot, the sedentary video games! We never had them as kids, we roller skated, rode bicycles, played baseball and football, we played tag and hide and seek. We were “ACTIVE!” It’s the parents fault as far as I’m concerned. The kids whine at the store that they want this and that, so the parent get it for them, in my day, whining and putting on a spectacle in public was rebuked with a very authoratative butt slap. It would shut all kids up in the blink of an eye! Oh Yeah, the libs call that child abuse, they forgot about the word “PUNISHMENT!” for acting out of societal norms!
      The liberals are actually the creators of this problem as designed, so that they can take over to fix it!
      Case in point. Why did the Dems vote in 2008 to double the student loan interest rate? Remember, they controlled BOTH the House and the Senate back then! They did it to look like the good guys in an election year as they CLAIM COMPASSION for students! The students are too stupid to see the truth as they are being taught by the same libs that screwed them and are NOW USING them as political PAWNS!!!
      Can we all say, “ALYNSKI?”

    • Combat seabee

      By the way Karolyn, Chocolate with a high cocoa butter content is actually healthy, adds to weight loss and such, it’s the lesser ones, the “Milk Chocolate” that will add weight.

    • Mary Ann Ludwig

      Karolyn dear, it is not the responsibility of the government to tell anyone what to eat, where to live, what job to have, how much money they can have from their paychecks or anything else. This nannyism needs to stop right now! What the government needs to do is to get the heck OUT of our lives. If I want to send my kid to school with nothing but twinkies and cookies, that’s MY choice. I might not do that, of course, but is my choice to make. The occasional bake sale raises needed funds. A couple of cookies or a cupcake in a child’s lunch will not turn that child into an obese child.

  • Karolyn
    • Vigilant

      That link “suggests that the healthcare system will have to bear the weight of 32 million more obese people [by 2030]. The extra medical costs are expected to climb exponentially if we can’t control our weight.

      Doesn’t bother me a bit, as long as the FAT people are paying their medical bills.

  • GiveAwayJimmie

    This is another intrusion of peoples lives by a government agency. This particular agency demonstrates on a daily basis that it is incapable of teaching–so now they know something about health care. Remember people—FREEDOM—-is a two part word—pronounced as—-FREE—–DOOM—that means you are free to doom yourself!!!!! The way we are letting government run our lives—–you have no FREE—-DOOM.

  • angelwannabe

    Oh Harriet, as if there isn’t a more pressing agenda, than banning bake sales_ WTH!___What next folks, a skype chat on the ‘puter, so they can monitor us the kitchen too? _I can hear it now “Ah Ah Ah, No Midnights Snacks” when you open the refridge….what a bunch of idiots!!!


    People are gonna be the size they are no matter what, if they don’t like they’re size they are, they’re the ones who have to change it___ if other folks don’t like it, TOUGH SHYTE!


  • Witsend

    We’ve seen what the War on Drugs has accomplished – expanded illegal drug usage! What will be the result of a War on Obesity?

  • Steve E

    The Nanny state has gone Nazi. And there are still suckers out there that believe that Government should tell us how to eat.

  • Sarah

    Wait a minute, none of you mentioned the fact that there are people out there with total unsanitary condition’s, like filthy house’s and counter’s, that no one should eat off of, really, if this thing could be monitored, or everyone involved had a food handler’s license, then this might be different, and for as calories that could also be carefully done with low calorie sweet’s, and or more healthy choice’s. The real issue to me is cleanliness. PS there are a lot of dirty nasty people out there, would you eat off their counters. Really?

    • Combat seabee

      (f you are so concerned, don’t buy at a bake sale, but what makes you think any commercial bakery is any different? You are a fool. I could work in a bakery and spit into the batter all day and you would buy it because it is”COMMERCIAL!” Idiot!! Never look at the kitchen where your favorite restaraunt is also, that will be a wake up call!!

      • angelwannabe

        Well put, combat!!!

  • angelwannabe

    Whoa, Paranoia 101!_I don’t say anyone should live in swallor, but, did Ya ever stop and think that if everyone stopped being absolute clean freaks, our immune systems would take care of it, instead of Big Pharma’s antibiotcs?

    • Combat seabee

      It has been proven that all this hand sanitation craziness going on is actually hurting our immune systems, as it is killing the GOOD BACTERIA that live on us and allowing the terrible, disease causing ones in without an immunity because we have caused our bodies to lose their immunity!
      It is definitely exascerbated by all the illegals coming in without health checks or cards, Whooping cough was gone in the United States of America, it’s back, wonder why? Why the sudden upsurge in drug resistant T.B.? I work in a hospital and see all of the spanish people with drug resistant T.B. and I have to be around them because the government will do nothing about it and yet, it risks my health? Oblowhole, holder, reid, pelosi, all down the liberal line, you all took an oath to obey the Constitution, and uphold the laws of this country! You have NOT DONE YOUR JOBS and allowed your citizens to become endangered because of your actions. Another word comes to mind, “TRAITORS!”
      nI also took an oath when I was in the Military, that I would defend the Constitution and the laws of the land from all enemies, both Foriegn and “DOMESTIC!” Take heed!!

      • angelwannabe

        combat seabee, I’m hearing ya!__a Friend of ours recently kept having re-occurring sinus infections, after three rounds of antibiotics, they finally put her on a steroids.__A week after she went off of them, she got the nastiest cold she said she had in years.

        Just for the record, She’s the type who runs to the doctor for a hangnail too!_ lol

        My remedy is, Drink Plenty of water, lots o vitamin c and keep blowing your nose!!!!

        take care

  • 45caliber

    Nanny state!

    If the people want to lose weight, they will. But restricting what they can get and eat is totally wrong.

  • Pete0097

    They should make the kids run 2 miles a day, less for younger ones. My son went out for track and despite having less study time, his grades have improved. THese board members just don’t want anyone to have fun (except for them)

  • Mike

    I assume that since this regulation is based on strictly health( obesity), they will also deny the sale of Girl Scout Cookies which are fund raisers. Good luck Mass. when you take on this group

    • Dennis

      You must be asleep, they already have.

  • Marilyn

    I think the main issue here is that State & Federal governments are “over stepping” their boundaries by trying to controll what people can and can not eat. This is not their decision it is the parents and each individuals. If governments feel that strongly on this, they should spend their efforts on educating the public to make better decisions not taking rights away from Americans.

    • 45caliber

      This is another “precedent”. If they can convince the people that they have the right to make these decisions, then they also have the right to decide where you live, where you work, and who to marry.

  • smithington

    VOTE FOR RON PAUL IN NOVEMBER 2012!!! Tell everyone you know to do the same if you want to save this country, not only for yourselves, but also for your children and grandchildren. If Obama is reelected, it will be the END of our once great country. MARK MY WORDS!!

  • Dad

    You shouldn’t support these schools regardless…. either with money or your time (other than tutoring your own child). Education based on racism and socialism is a dismal failure. I would not offer any legitimacy to their policies of propaganda and politics.
    Ask yourself who administers the money collected? The cost of education has gone up exponentially, while the effectiveness of learning is going down. Like I always say, “if you received an education after, say 1990, go ask for your money back.”

  • steve

    at least the bake sales were home made food. lets start with all fast food. no more bake beans. to much sugar in them . it will keep the smell factor down anyway. what a joke.

  • Ladyhawke

    Welcome to Romneycare/Obamacare.

  • L


  • dcjdvis

    Massachusetts seems to have no objections to fruitcakes.

    • Vigilant

      …or nuts.

    • Combat seabee

      And the biggest one is called “Bwaannney.”



  • Dennis

    I hope you people wake up soon, it’s not about the government telling you what you can and cannot eat, it’s not about the money, It’s about what they are going to force you to eat, I’m sure you’ve heard about GMO’S ( Genetically Modified Organisms ) in your food.Look it up.

  • chuckb

    massachussetts just overturned the ban. they probably made a deal with the unions.

  • Dennis

    Bryan Nash,
    Can you please do a story on GMO’S Genetically Modified Organisms.
    People this is not about the government wanting to keep your kids healthy, it’s about keeping them sick, it’s about keeping you sick, go to RAW-WISDOM.COM, Do your own reserch.

  • FreedomFighter

    Just more socialist Commi BS to deal with,



    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Combat seabee

      I, as a combat vet ask for NOTHING from this Government!!! I’m entitled to PTSD clinics, but will I go for the money? NO! I function quite well in society, and if the Guv gives you anything, you know that there are strings or conditions! Just try the VA one time, and you will be surprised at all the B.S. that you need to go through.

      • FreedomFighter

        Thank God Im healthy

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

    • Combat seabee

      Freedomfighter, I’m healthy, and sane! Had a total heart rebuild less than 2 yrs ago, not by the VA, it was emergency surgery, I survived to fight the government overreach one more time. U.S.N. 71-73, 82-88, 90-95, 2000-05, I did my time in Navspecwarcom!! I’m tired, old and hurting from all the injuries in my ife. That’s what happens when you get old. Your body pays you back 10 fold! But NO ONE is going to tell me what to eat!! I’m a little over weight from steriodal medicines for an incurable lung disease, I know it, I feel it, and I went back on weightwatchers to lose it. I did it before with them and will again. It is I who feel bad at the weight that I am, 20 over, but I still look in shape at 144.8 lbs. But I’m overweight and it is I who am doing something about it. Didn’t need some Guv agency to tell me that I couldn’t buy that cake slice, in fact, I love to bake, it consoles me and calms me, and I bring the finished product to work so 20 nurses and about 10 M.D.’s can have a morning treat, coffeee cake, homemade. I rarely eat what I bake, I give it away as away of saying thank you to the med staff for treating me with kindness, compassion, and understanding, and also understanding my scence of humor, I keep them laughing!

      • Combat seabee

        A couple of spelling and grammatical mistakes, sorry!

      • FreedomFighter

        Combat check this guy out, he may have ideas to help you out

        >b>The Revolution Against Medical Tryanny with Dr. Joel Wallach

        “A biomedical research pioneer, Dr. Joel D. Wallach, DVM, ND spent more than 40 years in the field of Veterinary Medicine, observing and researching the effects of individual nutrients on animal health, before becoming a Naturopathic Physician in 1982. Today, Dr. Wallach is renowned for his groundbreaking research on the health benefits of selenium and other minerals.”

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

  • Buck

    Given the amount of freedom and political climate in Massachusetts today I am quite sure there are a great many revolutionary war heroes looking down and asking themselves why they even bothered .

    • GiveMeLiberty

      Buck, you mean the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts?

  • Combat seabee

    A bake sale doesn’t happen every day! It is an occassional situation! I work in a hospital and yes, we just had a bake sale for the March of Dimes! When is the next one? I don’t really know, but I can tell you that it is NOT TOMORROW!!
    This is obvious Government overreach!!! They no not of what they speak!! Ignore them, and when cited claim anything to get it to the courts, and their di,ks knocked into the dirt. How many of those people or employees are overweight? And the question should really be?, How many of them are epitome of health? I”ll bet the answer is less than 2% if that high at all!


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